Gift ideas for holidays season 2015

Not another tie …
Not another belt …
Not another purse …
Not another shirt …
Not another one of those ……….!

Coming up with a new gift idea for someone you care about in the holidays season must be taking a considerable part of your mind, especially that shopping for the holidays gifts has already started a week or two ago. In this article you’ll learn about some new or universal ideas to help you get done with it and focus on your other important issues.

1. A website on a personal domain name.

This idea never gets old, and if your beloved one doesn’t have it yet then be the first. Go to ipage.com, register the domain, and pay for a year of hosting, and quickly build a website with their point and click website builder and you’re done. It might take you a little over one hour of work but it’s worth it. Imagine the pride of your beloved ones when they present their personal email as their name on their name dot com.

2. A gift card.

A gift card is a universal solution to the holidays gift dilemma. If you know their favorite store get them the gift card from that store. If not or if they don’t really have one just go to Amazon.com and get them a Santa gift card box, or a snow flake one, or you can pick from their holidays variety. They can buy anything under the sun from Amazon and have it shipped to their own door step.

One of the best things about a gift card is that your beloved ones can use it for the boxing week shopping. They will love it.

Also a Visa gift card can be a good idea because they can use it anywhere Visa is accepted.

3. A hobby gift.
If you know your beloved one’s hobby it will be a pleasant surprise to open your gift box and find new tools that help them with their hobby. This could be a new fishing pole, a set of paints, a cup cake maker, a grill set, a jar of protein, or anything that they will be using while enjoying their hobby.

4. Satisfy their fantasies.
This idea is for couples. If you know that your partner has a certain fantasy why not do it together? And I am not talking about new positions here, don’t be cheap :-). I mean a fantasy that involves going somewhere in particular, dressing and acting a certain way, using certain toys or tools … you guys figure it out.

5. Ask them :-).
The best way to know what your beloved one wants for the holidays is to ask them. And to keep the surprise element in the process get them to write 5 different options for you to pick up from, or ask them to write down their wish list.

Porbably they did already. Visit their Facebook wall or their blog and do some intelligence work.

Gift Ideas for 2015 Holidays

It’s this time of the year again. If you’re like me this would be one of the hardest jobs ever; trying to get a nice gift for everyone on the list while at the same time trying not to ruin my already tight budget.

Since I am a marketer I have access to more market places than regular everyday people do. So I went through them all trying to find one market place where I can place one order that includes all of my gifts, and at the same time I don’t have to buy in wholesale.

Also on these marketplaces you can find a “best sellers” page where you can find enough gift ideas for everyone on your list.

The advantage of buying everything from one market place is to save on shipping, and the non wholesale thing is pretty obvious, isn’t it?

The first thing that I tested was Ali Express. It’s kind of Ali Baba but is not wholesale. And they have a big beautiful variety that can sure cover everyone on my list.

Check out Ali Express’s best sellers here.

I have one problem with it though: The shipping time is ridiculous. Some of the item’s estimated shipping time is 2 months! It’s not a universal thing, but it limits my choices.

The other huge market place that I considered was Amazon. I totally love it. They literally have millions of items that make nice gifts and they are very affordable. Together with the free shipping I was delighted.

Click here to check Amazon’s market place.

If you are not in the US though it’s a big disappointment. Almost all of the good items that I have chosen for my list do not ship to Canada! What in the world? What’s the big deal? Canada is just a cross the boarders!

Another disadvantage for Canadians; these prices are in US dollars, which means they are more expensive than they look.

My last resource was Walmart’s online store. The variety is not as wide and huge as it is on Amazon or Ali Express, but I have a great advantage: With Walmart I am redirected to the Canadian website from the beginning, the prices are in CA dollars, I get free shipping anyway because of the size of my order, and if the item is not available online I can locate the store that still has it and give them one visit to finish all of my shopping in one shot.

Ladies this is a huge one for guys like me. We hate shopping! When I have to it’s always an in-and-out in the shortest time possible.

Gift Idea for the blind, motion sick, and anyone who can no longer read.

I was thinking of this because my mother is losing her eyesight and she can no longer read anything. She still can go around the house and have company around the neighbourhood.

So to spare her nerves from the TV’s silly shows and stressful news I was thinking of a replacement for reading and the thing that came to my mind was audio books.

Here is the link for a free 30 days trial + 1 free audio book.

This gift idea is also good for people who used to read on their commutes and now they have to drive, or those who can not keep their eyes off the road due to motion sickness.

Universal Gift Card

It’s quite common that instead of buying a gift you go to your favorite store and buy a gift card. This is better for the person you are buying the gift card for so that they can buy whatever they want, just in case someone got them the same gift that you thought of.

This is what you say, but what if the person receives like 10 best buy gift cards? Wouldn’t that limit their choices to only electronics? What if they wanted a swimming suite, or a pair of new sneakers?

This is when a universal gift card comes in handy

A universal gift card is a gift card that can be used at any merchant where a credit card is accepted as a method of payment, including almost all of the online stores.

Universal gift cards are usually issued by one of the major credit card companies, like MasterCard and Visa gift cards. They come with another advantage, other than being universally accepted wherever a credit card is accepted. And this advantage is that you can customize it with the name of the person who’ll receive this gift.

There are different types of universal gift cards; some are reloadable while some aren’t, some can be used anywhere and some are for electronic use only, and some can have the balance checked online while other lack this feature.

It’s quite amusing to watch the evolution of gift cards. I remember back in the 9o’s we only had gift certificates and those could be issued from the mall management. That was a nice looking peace of paper with my name on it and a certain amount of money that I can use only once. The good thing is that I could go to the mall, buy a pair of socks for two bucks and cash out the remaining balance. I did that twice in one day ;-).

Then came the gift cards issued by certain stores like Walmart, Starbucks, and Best Buy. Those looked more like a card with a magnetic strip that you can swipe just like a credit or debit card. Then came out the universal gift cards that can be used anywhere a credit card is accepted.

Isn’t that convenient!

Anyways, a universal gift card also comes with another advantage that only those addicted to shopping online will realize. You can buy yourself one, and use it to shop online with merchants you’re not hundred percent sure are safe. Whever you’re suspecious but you need that service or item you can use your univeral gift card to pay. This way if the merchant turns out to be a scam or a phishing net you limit their access to whatever you have on your card. It’s like using a prepaid debit card but with the “disposabelity” feature.

5 Unconventional Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Free Gift Cards - You choose how you earnLess than a day left before the Christmas and I already know some people who are still shopping for gifts for their significant ones. I am not going to get into the reasons and how to avoid this situation next year, but I’ll give suggestions for unconventional Christmas gift ideas that could save your nick if you happen to be one of those :-), just a small gift from “free gift card” website.

A Website

This is very unconventional. A website with your beloved one’s name as a domain name could be built in 10 minutes and costs like $2/month to host (if you buy 4 years of hosting :-). Seriously, this website could be given blank to your spouse, sibling, or child and let them worry about filling it. As I said it takes 10 minutes to build the skeleton and give it to them empty. Almost all website hosting companies provide detailed instructions on how to build a website in 10 minutes, so if you’re not a nerd like me don’t sweat it.

Imagine their pride when they give their new email address jane@janesmith.com or so instead of jane_s573@yahoo.com! After a thought, I’ll probably get one of those for my daughter :-).

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A Gift Card or Certificate

This only works with really close ones like siblings, parents, spouses … you know … immediate family members who you don’t feel bad about them knowing how much you paid for their gifts. You could get a gift certificate from your local mall. Those gift certificates could be used in the boxing week for better deals than before the Christmas. You can also get a gift card online from their favorite store. You know your people better. I would get my wife an Amazon gift card. She can use it now or save it for next year’s school books. And with Amazon she can spend her gift card on just anything under the sun with millions of items in their inventory other than books. This is one of the popular Amazon gift cards: Amazon.com $25 Gift Card (0108)

Just for this purpose stay away from free gift card offers because they are all about contests that even if you win one you’re not getting your card now.

A Vacation

If you can afford it, a vacation could be the sweetest gift you present to your wife. I don’t know a lot of guys who love vacations, but I certainly know my wife would do anything to have one. You can buy the vacation now and present it on Christmas, then use it in the summer to go away for a week or two.

A Magazine Subscription

This one is straight forward. Find out what’s your beloved one’s favorite magazine and buy a year subscription for them. Just make sure they doesn’t already have one in place.

Stocks

Not kidding. This is a good idea especially if you want to teach your kids the habit of investing. It doesn’t have to be a huge investment, but certainly not a hundred bucks gift, so I know this is not for every one. Besides, you’ll need to stop at the bank to get the advice of a financial adviser before you do something like that unless you already know what you are doing. I don’t, so .. I’ll stop at the bank.